Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) rushes back to the locker room after beating the Pittsburgh Steelers in an NFL wild-card playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. [Jeff Lange/Beacon Journal]

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Reports: Browns pick up ’22 options for Baker Mayfield, Denzel Ward

The Cleveland Browns will pick up the fifth-year options on quarterback Baker Mayfield and cornerback Denzel Ward, locking up both through the 2022 season, multiple outlets reported Friday.

Mayfield was the No. 1 overall draft pick and Ward the fourth in 2018. The Browns’ move had been expected.

Under figures established by the NFL, Mayfield will earn $18.858 million and Ward $13.294 million.

Mayfield, 26, has a 23-22 record as a starter in the regular season, including an 11-5 record last season. In 2020, he completed 62.8 percent of his pass attempts for 3,563 yards to go with 26 touchdowns and a career-low eight interceptions.

He led the Browns to an upset 48-37 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC wildcard playoffs. Cleveland lost to Kansas City 22-17 in the divisional round.

Ward, a local product, will turn 24 next week. In 37 career games (36 starts), he has made 143 tackles and seven interceptions, scored one touchdown, forced two fumbles and recovered three. He was a Pro Bowl selection as a rookie.

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